Five Truths the Church Needs Today to Engage People’s Questions

by Dr. Doug Potter

An alarming study shows that “Nearly half of young adults with ties to Christianity say church can’t answer their questions” The study surveyed over 15,000 young adults in different countries, ages 18-35 who had ties to Christianity. Consider the results, of those surveyed:

  • 47 percent of respondents with some connection to Christianity say they feel the Church “cannot answer their questions” or spiritual doubts.
  • only one-third (33 percent) say they feel deeply cared for by those around them
  • 58 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29, who grew up with some type of Christian background, either no longer identify as Christian or do not regularly attend church even if they still identify as Christian.
  • Nearly half of young adults who said they left the Christian church reported being active in their church during their teen years.
  • Almost half of the young adults who have left Christianity see the religion as “hypocritical.”
  • 31 percent of respondents said “science” also challenges their willingness to believe.
  • 28 percent (one-quarter) of respondents said human suffering and conflicts around the world cause them to have doubts.
  • 29 percent of respondents identify as atheist, agnostic or simply irreligious today.
  • 89 percent of church dropouts say they want to distance themselves from the “politics of the Church.”
  • 80 percent of young people who left Christianity said they believe that present-day Christianity is “anti-homosexual,” while 81 percent say present-day Christianity is judgmental.
  • 74 percent of those who are no longer Christian said present-day Christianity is “out of touch with reality.”

No doubt, the article concluded: “churches are struggling to not only adequately respond to the questions of many young adults today but are also struggling to raise up the next generation of church leaders.”

What Is the Church to Do?

To those in the church, my answer is simple…
 

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